2015 Top 100 Best Places to Live

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As Livability’s editors and writers crisscross the U.S in search of great stories, we find that time and again, the best tales are told in the Main Street diners, corner churches, park benches and even the mayor’s offices of small to mid-sized cites and towns. Far from letting time pass them by, these communities are doubling down on livability for their residents. Our second-annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live celebrates the work they are doing. As with our Top 100 Best Place to Live 2014 ranking, we worked with globally-known partners to analyze the best public and private data sources. We were advised by the leading thinkers, writers and doers in the place-making space. Some new places make the list, some move up or down and some continue to score well, no matter what the metric. More than 2,000 cities were ranked, so every city on this list is in the top 5 percent of livable communities in the U.S. Spend some time getting to know them, and when it comes time for your next move, maybe you'll think small.

LIV SCORE
674

Our second-annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

1
. Madison , WI
Population 5742117
LIV
SCORE
705
2
. Rochester , MN
Population 5419171
LIV
SCORE
685
3
. Arlington , VA
Population 8256630
LIV
SCORE
680
4
. Boulder , CO
Population 5278906
LIV
SCORE
679
5
. Palo Alto , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
679
6
. Berkeley , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
672
7
. Santa Clara , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
671
8
. Missoula , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
668
9
. Boise City , ID
Population 1616547
LIV
SCORE
665
10
. Iowa City , IA
Population 3093526
LIV
SCORE
665
11
. Bozeman , MT
Population 1014699
LIV
SCORE
664
12
. Asheville , NC
Population 9845333
LIV
SCORE
663
13
. Ann Arbor , MI
Population 9900571
LIV
SCORE
662
14
. Bellevue , WA
Population 6985464
LIV
SCORE
660
15
. San Mateo , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
660
16
. Santa Barbara , CA
Population 38421464
LIV
SCORE
656
17
. Overland Park , KS
Population 2892987
LIV
SCORE
655

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